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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Apr 12, 2008 2:13pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: DuMont Television Network archive

According to the wife of Ernie Kovacs, Nobody wanted to preserve DuMont's archive after they went out of business, since they were seen as having little commercial value. It's well known that ABC, CBS, and NBC destroyed many of their live programs until 1978 when cable meant that even a short-lived game show could be re-run. In DuMont's case, It's believed that ABC had bought the rights to the company, and destroyed the Kinescopes to make way for newer stuff. Curiously enough, Every episode of the shows you mentioned still exist, Since "Filmed" TV shows could be re-run.